More closings in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

The Camlin; credit Cassandra Girlado/Wall Street Journal

The Camlin; credit Cassandra Girlado/Wall Street Journal

The new year has just begun so we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news. BUT, two popular restaurants closed while we were all over-indulging for the holidays. In Williamsburg, The Camlin closed just days before Christmas. Despite solid reviews, they were never able to get the traction they needed to stay afloat:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce we will unfortunately be closing The Camlin next Friday, December 23rd. Unfortunately, it’s been a tough year, and sales are just not strong enough to keep us going any longer. So we have made the difficult decision to close. [Read more…]

Chicago chef popular with the Obamas just opened a new Italian joint in Wburg

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credit: Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

The restaurant is called Lilia and it’s a partnership with the owners of Anella & Jimmy’s:

Chef Missy Robbins, who helped make Chicago’s Spiaggia a destination for the Obamas, has opened a restaurant on a quiet stretch of Union Avenue in Williamsburg. The A Voce vet is cooking up rustic Italian at her restaurant Lilia, with a focus on handmade pastas and seafood and meat cooked in a custom-made wood grill diners can peek at through the open kitchen. The former auto-body shop has been given several refinements including handmade tiles and wooden banquettes, but the refurbished iron casement windows are original in keeping with the neighborhood’s love of all things vintage. [Read more…]